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Charlie Sheen's Chaim Levine rant 'borderline antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen has been accused of borderline antisemitism following his public attack on the programme’s Jewish producer.

The actor told a radio show that Chuck Lorre was a "contaminated little maggot" and a clown.

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Natalie Portman wins Best Actress Oscar for Black Swan

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Natalie Portman has won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Jerusalem born actress was honoured for her performance in ballet drama Black Swan, gaining another trophy to add to her recent Golden Globe and Bafta.

A heavily pregnant and tearful Ms Portman, wearing a burgundy dress by Rodarte, said on accepting the award: “I am so grateful to get to do the job I do.”

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Aaron Sorkin and David Seidler win Oscars for writing

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Two Jewish writers have triumphed at this year's Oscars.

Aaron Sorkin picked up his first Academy Award for The Social Network, although he failed to mention the film's inspiration - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg - in his acceptance speech.

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Dior suspends John Galliano after antisemitism row

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

Fashion house Dior has suspended its chief designer John Galliano after he was arrested for allegedly making anti-Jewish comments.

Dior's chief executive Sidney Toledano, who is Jewish, said Mr Galliano would be relieved of his responsibilities until after the results of an investigation into the incident.

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John Galliano arrested for alleged antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano has been arrested in Paris after allegedly making antisemitic remarks.

French police officials told AFP that the British designer was taken into custody for “minor violence”.

Mr Galliano, the chief designer for fashion house Dior, was said to have accosted a couple while they were eating at a café in Paris’ Marais district.

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Schindler's List? I wondered what uncle Oskar did

February 24, 2011

The letters and photos of a young Oskar Schindler have been discovered by a relative who had no idea that "Uncle Oskar" had saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews.

The correspondence was found by the daughter of Schindler's cousin, Emilie Tyrolt, who emigrated to America before 1920 and exchanged letters with the young Oskar.

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Come and convert our tribe - Jewish Uganda

February 24, 2011

The story of the Abayudaya, Uganda's largest Jewish community, which is recognised by the Conservative movement, is well-known.

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Russian jailbirds taught Judaism

By Nissan Tzur, February 24, 2011

Inmates in prisons around Moscow may soon be able to quote the Rambam and keep Shabbat, all thanks to a new educational project paid for by the Russian government.

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What Ian McEwan really said

February 24, 2011

Was Ian McEwan's Jerusalem Prize acceptance speech on Sunday an unqualified attack on the country, as presented by many UK publications? Judge for yourself below:

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Egyptian troops back in Sinai, three decades on

By Nathan Jeffay, February 24, 2011

The unrest and subsequent ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in Egypt is already proving a game-changer in terms of the Egypt-Israel peace agreement.

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